Monday, 9 February 2015

The garden share collective......February


Here is my garden update for February as part of the Garden Share Collective.  Thank you for all the advice regarding my unruly tomatoes.  You can see in the photos above that they have now been tamed, cropped and staked.  The three tomato plants are producing lots of sweet cherry toms......the smell stays on your hands after picking them, just delicious.

The capsicums are plentiful, as are the chillies - a branch or two have succumbed to either small children or animals (no one is owning up) - so I picked the small chillies off the broken branches, bagged them up and put them in the freezer for winter cooking.  The ones that are still going strong on the plants are growing to a really good size.  Pretty pleased about these.

The zucchini (courgette - is it the same thing?) plant is enormous!  If I had known that they get so big I would have planted it somewhere with more space around it.  I'm constantly learning things about growing vegetables all.  I love zucchini grated into salads and will be making up a batch of fritters with them too.

My celery are growing well, now they are no longer hidden away under the tomato vines.  I now have space for more plantings - I just need to decide on what to put in.  Any suggestions?

One thing that I can't seem to grow is broccoli and cauliflower.  The leaves grow but the heads NEVER form.  Does anyone know why this would be happening?  We eat a lot of broccoli so it would be great if it is something I could produce in my garden.  The guinea pigs however are benefiting and enjoying the green crunchy leaves.

Growing in the garden I have:

Capsicum - red/orange/yellow

Jobs to do:

Start another herb garden
Decide what to plant next
Weeding and soil turning
Netting over crops (I still haven't done this)
Extend the vegetable garden (remove some of the compost and clippings, turn soil and lay down manure) - this is my long term plan.

Happy gardening!


Joining in with Lizzie from Strayed from the table.

"The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably."



  1. Carrots? We had fun growing carrots at our old house... That capsicum is AWESOME! And yep, pretty sure courgettes are zucchinis in disguise x

  2. Wow - your chillies are looking better than mine, - My cucumber has finished and I am still picking tomatoes, courgettes and I have a couple of capsicum, they haven't done to well this year,neither have my lettuces.

  3. Everything looks squeaky fresh! X

  4. Nothing better than growing your own food, it looks delicious! :) xxx

  5. So many fabulous and delicious things to eat!! Yes, courgette and zucchini are the same thing. Keep picking them so they don't get too big and they will keep growing more. That is what I read anyway! xx

  6. How Stunning is your garden buddy! Look at you go!! You have such a beautiful harvest!!!! I can not wait to see more!! And I will ask my pop about your broccoli issue as he grows a lot of it. Wishing you a whole bunch of garden yummies this week!!! Nicole xoxo

  7. Fabulous garden. we have cucumbers for Africa. Rather thinking we planted the beans too late though. One of my favourite meals is a huge marrow stuffed with mince etc. Boys not fond of it, so we do not have it often. I have carrots and beetroot to harvest too.


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